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  1. 5.7 is a wonderful stopping round. The fps is high enough that hydrostatic shock waves exceed the elasticity of human tissue. Case in point, the pos that went on a rampage at Ft Hood made 13 one shot kills with his 5.7. Shots into any part of the torso were fatal. FN and Ruger have 5.7s, but they are bulky in my opinion. The 5.7 operates at a much higher pressure than 9mm, 10mm, .40, etc. Also, the overall cartridge length is about 1/2 inch longer. This will not work in the existing semi-auto platforms. I am a big fan of fast, light bullets for defensive purposes. I carry the 68 grain Lehigh Defense in 9mm. About 1700 fps. It is devastating on whitetail deer. Carry the 120 grain Lehigh in my .45 acp. It runs about 1350 fps. Again, testing on deer works great.
  2. Wife and I watched the first 1/2 of Season 6 last night. We thought it was good. Actors play their parts really well. Now have to wait till December to finish.
  3. Best place in town is probably Rootstalk. Relish is very good. Ember is very good for shareable plates. The new Carlin for seafood is pretty good and their downstairs Tavern is great for bar food/drinks. Casual for us is Sancho's for tacos, Canteen for burgers, Tin Plate for pizza. We do happy hours at Aurum, Hearthstone and Twist. For breakfast, we rotate between Columbine Cafe and Blue Moose.
  4. Mom smoked Salem Light 100s. Dad smoked King Edward cigarillos. Both died early from COPD. Salems were good for lighting firecrackers.
  5. That brings back memories. I used to have a dealership license and regularly bought/sold cars thru Wiggains and Park Place Porsche. Never had any trouble. Both were very professional back in the day. Wiggins would ride with me when I took a car for a test spin. I went thru an AMG phase and he always had inventory to sell or wanted to buy. To clarify, it was a hobby for me. There was a steep learning curve to not lose a fortune on a car deal. By the end of 17 years, I was only losing a little on each car, maybe breaking even.
  6. 168 grain TTSX at 3400 fps is a young man's game. That is a lot of bang. I shoot a 110 grain TTSX at 3500+ fps and it is a lightning bolt without a lot of kick in my '06. I have shot a lot of whitetail, elk and African plains game culls with this load and have found that speed is the name of the game with the Barnes bullets. They are unmatched at ultra high velocities. At middle range velocities, I have a lot better results with lead. You will not be under gunned in Colorado. Good luck!
  7. That is the model. Mine was also a 5 speed, black and had 30,000 miles on the clock. Similar amount of work was done while I owned it. That was 40 years ago. I remember $3,000 a/c fix, $3,000 transmission repair and miscellaneous $1000 per month repair items including locks, electric windows, water leaks, etc. Sold it after a year for about $10,000 and owner financed it for $1000 per month to a local liquor store owner that paid cash every month. Trivia: with cruise control engaged, pushing in the clutch would cause engine to bounce off the rev limiter. Scared me to death. Had to turn off cruise control before using clutch.
  8. My trips are limited to Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Are you going by yourself? It is a big place. Economies are fragile. Get a travel agent experienced in Africa. They will give you good advice. I typically stay on large private ranches outside the park system. My wife did not care for it and has no interest in returning.
  9. Pagosa veteran here. Very good information has been given. It is difficult to live in a small town in Colorado year round. Elevation, sunlight and precipitation are all much more dramatic there. Our house was at 8100 feet and we averaged over 200 inches of snow per year there. We lived about 7 miles from downtown and our lives revolved around the county snow plow in the winter. I don't care what kind of 4x4 or tires you swear by, 18" of fresh snow on the ground and you are going to use a shovel. Things that were important to us: Late fall/early winter sucks. Weather is rainy, cold and not much to do. Late April thru June 15 sucks. Roads are muddy, town is muddy, trails are muddy, rivers are muddy. See the theme? If you enjoy the restaurants, shopping, ample places to buy things, small town Colorado is not for you. Everything is more expensive and harder to come by. Trades people are in very short supply and in demand. Very hard to get workers and a long time to get projects completed. When we stained our log home, we had to book over 1 year in advance. Same for driveway work. It took 6 months to get the microchip in our MW/oven replaced. Reliable internet can be a problem. Starlink was a game changer for us. The working people that I know and retired executives that are "full time" in Colorado, all have places in Scottsdale, Florida, Mexico or some other warm spot to be early winter and mud season.
  10. I was making a little money out of college(1980s) and to reward myself, bought a used 928 for $13,000. Newly married, had just got a $1000 per month raise and was on top of the world. No one told me that the price paid was just the starting point and the monthly repair bills would meet or exceed my new raise. What a beating.
  11. I wear one every day and appreciate the craftsmanship and mechanical nature of the watches. My daily wear is a Cartier Santos. Now 40 years old. Bought it new and paid $65/month at 18%. It used to lose a minute or two over time and now runs a minute or two fast over a couple of weeks. Autowinder and never take it off. It looks a little old and tired, but so do it. Great memories were made wearing this watch. Date nights with the wife is the 118 series Rolex President. Champagne dial and Roman numerals. When I was a young idiot out of school, I got selected to work on my skills as an expert witness. I was sent to John Drola(now deceased) and he worked on my speaking skills and my clothing appearance. He sent me to Houston to have my suit made, over off Anderson Lane to have my shirts made, Neiman Marcus for ties. And always wear cashmere socks and English dress shoes. Always wear a Rolex. Looking smart and successful is 1/2 the battle. Times have changed.
  12. In the general population, most people have never seen one in person and are immediately intrigued. So when you open one to slice that troublesome foil capsule on a wine bottle or slice a piece of fruit for someone's drink, it is an attention getter and everyone wants to try it, look at it, talk about it and so on.
  13. I tried OTF, just did not care for it. I'm a Benchmade auto opener guy with lots of defensive training with a knife. It seemed bulkier in my pocket, the blade itself is pretty thin and flexes pretty easy. It looks cool and is great at parties, but was not practical for me.
  14. Of the 3, Breck has my vote. My choice would be to rent a home in town. South of Wellington, north of Carter Park, east of Main and west of Moonstone. Nice homes and easy walk to town. Great hikes can be started there. Make your dinner reservations a week or so in advance. Don't plan on lunch in town Saturday or Sunday unless you go early. The olds can walk the neighborhood or an easy hike above Carter Park. Pickleball is very popular at Carter Park. 50-60 people show up daily to play on 12 courts. Walk over to Peak 9 activities or ride the gondola to Peak 8.
  15. Santiago is great. We flew in this summer. Stayed at the Ritz and their concierge made lunch/dinner arrangements for us. Really good food. Had drinks with KISS in the Ritz bar. We then flew over to Mendoza and stayed 3 days. Wine tours, spectacular dining and very nice bed/breakfast stay. Then on to San Luis province for 5 days of pigeon shooting. We loved it. 4 couples in our group. Chartered a plane back to Santiago and then overnight to DFW.
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